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Month: January 2019

From Ubud with Love

From Ubud with Love

On 25 January, Chris Salans, owner and executive chef of Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique, brought magic to Lyon for an intimate session over lunch and dinner. Chris Salans’ flagship establishment, Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique located at Ubud, has received numerous accolades and recognition thanks to degustation menus […]

Henshin at The Westin Jakarta Now Open for Lunch

Henshin at The Westin Jakarta Now Open for Lunch

Now you can enjoy the amazing and food at Henshin for lunch! Having opened its doors in August 2017, Henshin at The Westin Jakarta is known for being one of the first restaurants in Jakarta to serve Nikkei (Peruvian – Japanese) cuisine helmed by Peruvian […]

Starbucks Reserve Dewata Opens

Starbucks Reserve Dewata Opens

Starbucks celebrates the journey of coffee from seed-to-cup by opening its largest destination in Southeast Asia – the Starbucks Coffee Sanctuary at Dewata Bali. The one-of-a-kind Coffee Sanctuary demonstrates Starbucks Indonesia’s coffee leadership in partnership with licensee PT Sari Coffee Indonesia, building upon 16 years of innovation in design, customer experience and community impact. The store pays tribute to the important role that Indonesia, the fourth largest Arabica coffee growing region in the world, plays in bringing Starbucks customers the highest quality coffees, including the popular single-origin coffee from Sumatra. Sumatra coffee has been a staple offering at Starbucks since 1971.

“We began sourcing Indonesian coffees more than four decades ago and have always been struck by the sense of community and care for the coffee journey at every step,” said Kevin Johnson, ceo, Starbucks Coffee Company. “The Starbucks Coffee Sanctuary at Dewata Bali amplifies our passion for the coffee journey, our ongoing commitment to Indonesia’s rich coffee culture, and our tireless pursuit of fostering moments of connection between our partners and customers. This is Starbucks at its best, and we are proud to open the doors of this unique experience in one of Southeast Asia’s most dynamic markets.”

Designed as a coffee sanctuary, the expansive 20,000 square foot store beautifully highlights local craftsmanship and culture alongside premium coffee in this one-of-a-kind coffee experience, a sort of “origin-centered version” of the Roasteries, igniting all five senses. Visitors enter through an Arabica coffee farm, try their hand at coffee bean de-pulping and washing during harvest season, dry and rake green coffee beans, visit budding seedlings in the nursery, take in the store’s locally-inspired design featuring traditional Balinese craft and Indonesian art, and enjoy the more than 100 Dewata Bali-exclusive handcrafted beverages, food and merchandise, including the Lavender Latte.

“Bali has an envied reputation as one of Asia’s top travel destinations and Indonesia is one of coffee’s most extraordinary coffee origin regions, so we’re excited to invite customers here to ignite their senses and explore the seed-to-cup coffee journey at this unique Coffee Sanctuary,” said Anthony Cottan, managing director, Starbucks Indonesia, at PT Sari Coffee Indonesia. “We’re very pleased to further strengthen the longstanding partnership between Starbucks and PT Sari Coffee Indonesia with this truly one-of-a-kind Starbucks store, inspired by and filled with the finest examples of Indonesian art, design and craftsmanship.”


A Sensory Coffee Journey

Located in Bali’s up-and-coming premium retail district on Sunset Road, the Coffee Sanctuary provides a carefully curated series of interactive experiences.

As customers enter, they’ll be greeted at the concierge reception and then guided through a working, 1,000 square foot coffee tree farm, the size of a typical Indonesian farm. Customers will continue their journey through contemporary Balinese landscaping, passing coffee plants and a de-pulping station before trying their hand at washing, drying and raking green coffee beans. Inside, the expansive Reserve bar offers customers an intimate experience to taste Starbucks Reserve small-lot coffees, while the core bar offers Starbucks signature core beverages.

Located on the second floor is the seedling nursery, a greenhouse canopied by panes of glass to create an open-air experience. Here, customers can touch the first stages of the seed-to-cup journey, as well as deepen their understanding of the art of tending to coffee plants alongside a local Balinese farmer. In the adjoining tasting room, customers’ tastebuds will come alive as they enjoy coffee as coffee quality professionals do, without a filter – simply coffee and water – to draw out the flavors that set each cup apart.

For those looking for more, visitors can engage with an interactive video wall and hear how coffee is planted, processed, roasted, shipped and brewed into a delicious cup of espresso. On the second floor, a dedicated media room features two synchronized video walls, showcasing the work of the Starbucks Farmer Support Center (FSC) in Sumatra and agronomist, Dr. Surip Mawardi’s, work with Indonesian coffee farmers.


Connecting to Coffee Through Local Design

The Sanctuary was designed as an homage to Indonesia’s rich culture and coffee heritage. The store’s expansive interior was inspired by traditional Balinese houses with free-flowing, connected rooms that promote discovery from one space to the next.

The store’s interior was designed in partnership with local craftspeople and artists with one goal: tell the story of coffee in Indonesia. This is brought to life by a wood carving depicting the country’s six coffee growing regions’ local culture and architecture. A two-story mural in the courtyard pays tribute to local farmers who carefully nurture and protect the beans each step of their journey to Starbucks.

On the main floor, Starbucks partners (employees) welcome customers to the 13-meter teak Reserve bar, drawing inspiration from Bali’s terraced rural landscapes, where customers can taste some of Starbucks rarest coffee offerings. Across the store, eyes are drawn to the living wall filled with flora from the region, situated behind the core bar designed to remind customers of Bali’s ocean waves which are replicated on the layered red-brick exterior façade.


Starbucks Commitment to Coffee Communities

Starbucks is dedicated to working with farmers in Indonesia to ethically and sustainably bring high-quality Indonesian coffee to the world and today, the company is the largest buyer of Indonesian arabica coffee.

In 2015, Starbucks opened the Farmer Support Center in Berastagi, North Sumatra where Starbucks agronomists led by Dr. Mawardi, conduct research to develop disease-resistant coffee varietals in an effort to make coffee the world’s first sustainable agricultural product through the Sustainable Coffee Challenge. The Sumatra FSC is one of nine globally, including China, which offers open-source agronomy assistance and support for regional coffee farmers to improve the productivity and sustainability of their coffee trees.

In a combined effort, Starbucks Indonesia has donated more than 330,000 coffee seedlings, along with technical assistance, to smallholder farmers to-date. Through locally driven initiatives to support farm renovation, Starbucks commits to donating 100,000 seedlings annually in partnership with the FSC.

Since 2006, The Starbucks Foundation has provided more than $4 million dollars to support farming communities and promote education, water, sanitation and health (WASH) programs across Indonesia. In 2018, The Foundation provided grants to Lutheran World Relief to support women-led community health and hygiene programs for 2,100 households in Sumatran coffee-producing villages over the next three years and to CARE to support economic empowerment for women tea workers and community WASH programs in West Java over the next two years.

Today, Starbucks Indonesia delivers the Starbucks Experience across 370 stores where nearly 4,500 partners proudly wear the green apron. The Coffee Sanctuary at Dewata Bali marks the first Starbucks Reserve Bar in Bali and its tenth in Indonesia as Starbucks continues to elevate the coffee journey for customers across the market.


Sunset Road, No 77, Seminyak, Bali

Instagram: @starbucksindonesia

Balinese Flavors on Another Level

Balinese Flavors on Another Level

Salon Bali presents a symphony of local ingredients combined with progressive cooking techniques. Joining Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach’s ever-scrummy collection of signature restaurants, Salon Bali is the latest culinary destination from this five-star beachfront Seminyak hotel. Honoring the local culture and society, the restaurant […]

Suave Spot on  Pandawa Beach

Suave Spot on Pandawa Beach

Roosterfish Beach Club, the first beach club in Pandawa Beach offers stylish fun and excellent food. IT IS NO SECRET that Bali has countless beach spots to chill that sometimes it can be hard to pick where to spend your lazy afternoon. But if you’re […]

Manarai Beach House — Where Endless Excitement Meets Excellent Eats

Manarai Beach House — Where Endless Excitement Meets Excellent Eats

Manarai Beach House combines the best food, drinks and entertainment in Nusa Dua.

IT IS NO SECRET and love the tranquillity of the Nusa Dua area, where tourists mostly go to get in touch with the more peaceful side of Bali and to experience the comfortable luxury of some of the island’s most prestigious properties. Now, one would normally not look for a beach club in the above-described area, but since mid this year, this is no longer the case.

Manarai Beach House is located on the beachfront setting of Sofitel Nusa Dua. On my first visit, I was pleasantly surprised to discover such a chill beach club amidst the well-groomed (and sometimes too uptight) area of BTDC. In addition to a warm and welcoming atmosphere that provides a welcome addition to its luxury hospitality surroundings, Manarai Beach House’s attentive service and impeccable F&B offering easily sets the standard for future beach clubs in and around the area.

Credit goes to Chef Stefan Poyet and his culinary team for creating an excellent menu of progressive international favorites with a local touch, and the team of mixologist for an authentic selection of locally-inspired cocktails that completes the Manarai Beach House experience.

There are only so many recommended dishes this humble writer can recommend in one write-up, but one of the items you absolutely must try include the Sugar Daddy Cheeseburger, which buns together crispy onion, delicious cheddar, truffle mushrooms, and one of the juiciest putties I’ve ever had the pleasure of sinking my teeth in. Another must-try is the Sweet Soy Glazed Premium Pork Ribs, especially for those looking to experience a traditional Balinese recipe served with a modern fresh presentation.

In addition to a plethora of refreshing non-alcoholic beverages, Manarai Beach House’s drinks menu offers a vast variety of wines, spirits, and signature cocktails. If you’re lounging in one of the spacious daybeds by the beachside infinity pool overlooking the waves, a glass of Twisted Tiki will get you spiced up with its mix of bourbon, homemade mango rooibos, laksa cordial and bitters. If you’re arriving after the sun goes down with that special someone, try the Jamaican Me Horney to smooth things along, because the rum anejo and Jamaican rum stirred with Couintreau, pineapple, honey and bitters will definitely please.

Manarai has an outer pool merely steps away from the sandy shores surrounded by cozy daybeds and a generous bar area serving refreshing cocktails and spirits. Further inside bordering the inner pool is a cute sofa-and-table row which exudes classic romanticism after sunset. The inner pool itself is ringed by generous cabanas and more daybeds, with a bigger bar along the path leading to the dining area.

Those who prefer to enjoy their food and drinks in comfortable temperature would really appreciate the fact that the restaurant, while open-aired, is fully air-conditioned. As you enter you’ll see inviting tables and sofas beckoning you to sit down and order some of the more serious food offerings, while to your left are a generously sized wine cellar housing a carefully curated selection of both Old and New World wines.

Here is a destination that successfully combines world-class cuisine and beverages with buzzing entertainment worthy of Bali’s famous chill island vibe. With an opening party that featured elrow, a Barcelona-brand organizer known for super vibrant, passionate parties around the globe, ISMAYA launched Manarai Beach House with a bang back in August and changed the nightlife game in Nusa Dua forever, and after a series of raving entertainments, including the pre-party pool session of DWPX, Manarai Beach House will continue to deliver only the best available food, drinks, and fun in the island!



BTDC Nusa Dua Lot N5, Bali 80363

T: +62 361 477 2727

Instagram: @manaraibali

Facebook: @ManaraiBeachHouse